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I found oil in my water reservoir what happened its a 97 saturn sl 2

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First determine if it came from 'decaying' coolant. drain, flush coolant and replace with demineralized water. Run for a few hours and see if the oil returns.

If the oil comes back, you have a leaking head gasket. A 'true repair' involves replacing that gasket--a major job costing >$500 and as much as $1500. It IS possible the cylinder head or engine block is cracked.
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Check your radiator, your transmission cooler is built in you radiator and is leaking in your coolant.I hope this helps you?

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